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- DescriptionSomebody has to pay the dues, says LaVern Baker. Here are the remarkable stories of six dazzlingly talented performers who blazed the R & B trail--the story of the performers' music and also of their struggle against racism and financial exploitation: Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker, two of the most popular female black singers of the 1950s; Little Jimmy Scott, whom Madonna calls the only singer who ever really made her cry; Charles Brown, master of the club blues style; Floyd Dixon, a more rambunctious fellow-traveler; and the earthy, urbane Jimmy Witherspoon, who recorded some of the biggest R & B hits ever.
- Author BiographyChip Deffaa, jazz critic for the New York Post, has written seven other books, including Voices of the Jazz Age: Profiles of Eight Vintage Jazzmen and Swing Legacy. A winner of the ASCAP--Deems Taylor Award, he contributes regularly to Entertainment Weekly, JazzTimes, and Crescendo.
- Author(s)Chip Deffaa
- PublisherThe Perseus Books Group
- Date of Publication03/12/1999
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDa Capo Press Inc
- Content Note42 b&w photographs, index
- Weight459 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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